ALABAMA RIG DEFINED
Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC)
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) has recently received questions about a type of gear called an Alabama Rig. The PRFC defines the Alabama Rig Ã‚Â“as an umbrella rig which may not have more than two baits or lures that have hooks.Ã‚Â” Additional hooks can be removed to bring the rig into compliance with regulations for the main stem of the Potomac River. This is consistent with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources regulations for the Maryland tidal tributaries of the Potomac River.
Reminder to Fishermen on the Use of 'Alabama Rigs'
12/16/2011 Maryland DNR
The Department has recently received many questions about a type of gear called an Alabama Rig. The Department defines the Alabama Rig as an umbrella rig. The umbrella rig, as described on page 39 of the 2012 Fishing Guide, may not have more than two baits or lures which have hooks. Additional hooks can be removed to bring the rig into compliance with regulations. This is consistent with regulations for the main stem tidal Potomac River as well, which is managed under the authority of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.
MD law says----IN TIDAL WATERS OF THE STATE IT IS UNLAWFUL: to use more than two (2) hooks or two (2) sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered one (1) set of hooks.
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